Flooding Blocks Roads on Kauai

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 17, 2018

Governor David Ige declared an emergency proclamation for Kauai after flash floods washed away cars, flooded homes and landslides blocked roads on the Hawaiian island. Many roads are closed due to damage, including parts of Kuhio Highway.

"At this time, it is still too early to estimate the extent of storm damage and costs", said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

HI-EMA Administrator Thomas L. Travis is working with Honolulu City and County Department of Emergency Management officials to determine what assets Oahu DEM can provide to assist Kauai County.

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua'i have airlifted over 220 people from the Hā'ena and Wainiha area.

Hundreds of homes were flooded and several were destroyedAP:Associated Press
Hundreds of homes were flooded and several were destroyedAP:Associated Press

For those remaining in Wainiha and Hā'ena, water and food supplies can be picked up at Camp Naue and at the Hanalei Colony Resort. The Associated Press reported Red Cross shelters were housing about 40 people after flooding swamped dozens of homes and knocked out power to more on Kauai's north shore. For now, we are urging people to stay off the roadway.

"While we have a long road to recovery ahead of us, we are incredibly grateful for everyone who has stepped to the plate to help in one way or another", he continued. Power outages are also being reported across the island.

The state Department of Transportation is working to clear mud and debris from at least eight landslides on Kuhio Highway. School will resume on Wednesday, April 18. Residents in low-lying areas of Kalihiwai Valley were evacuated Saturday afternoon as a precaution because the dam was nearing capacity.

In Hawaii, a buffalo roamed through a waterlogged yard after torrential downpours.

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